Viatka "Uzor" Northern Maidens. Every so often, a doll comes our way that is different from the common "assembly line" matryoshka and that we've seldom seen. This occurs on the order of once per 100 or more. She is more sophisticated, and was decorated by a veteran painter. The first doll is enhanced with a shawl, the patterning is even, and the faces are very gentle. 1 only, as shown.
"Uzor" ("Узор") is a Russian word that means "patterned weaving" and the hand painted flowers on this traditional doll have pattern colors of red, green and yellow. Made in the Kirov Factory in the mid-1980s. They will have either a "USSR" sticker or "USSR" purple stamp on the bottoms of the first doll. Viatka "Northern" Maidens came from the city of Viatka, formerly Kirov, located in the Kirov "oblast" (province). These were made in the Kirov Factory in the mid-1980s. 7 nest, 6" to 1½".